10 May 2018 - 13 May 2018


Visit special ‘Celebrating Blue Peter Garden’ marking 60 years of the popular children’s TV programme

CHILDREN (under 16) receive free entry to the RHS Malvern Spring Festival on all four days of the festival. Over the course of the action-packed family weekend children can delve into the world of gardening and embrace the great outdoors, with a big emphasis on fun.

There’s plenty for them to enjoy – especially over the interactive Family Weekend on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May.

Head of RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Diana Walton, said: “We’re passionate about engaging the next generation of gardening enthusiasts and nurturing young talent. With a wide range of activities lined up including hands on workshops, live entertainment and interactive story-telling, Family Weekend promises to have something for everyone.”

Some of the highlights for budding horticulturists and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy include


Marking an outstanding 60 years of broadcasting with more than 5,000 episodes, this feature garden is a homage to the children’s TV show, packed with plenty of pieces we made earlier. Designed by one of Blue Peter’s former gardeners, Chris Collins, the colourful garden will take mums and dads back to a simpler time of life, when the highlight of the day was teatime and settling down to watch your favourite programme on TV. Former Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton will be at the show on Thursday 10thMay and will visit the garden to take a trip down memory lane. 

Every year groups of school children learn about much more than gardening as they work in teams on the School Garden Challenge. This year the garden designs theme is Great Britain. Families can chat to pupils from 14 schools to uncover the inspiration for their gardens.



More than just a bookshop, this new area brings families face-to-face with authors as they share tales from their latest books. Saturday and Sunday brings a family focus with a range of authors aimed at entertaining youngsters.

On Saturday best-selling author Philip Ardagh and illustrator Elissa Elwick bring a fun, madcap celebration of their new chapter book series, Stick and Fetch Investigate.  Goat’s Coat author Tom Percival flings open his suitcase full of props to show youngsters how absolutely anything can inspire a story.

On both Saturday and Sunday budding young explorers will be entertained by readings of the classic ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ … and there may even be a special visitor too! 

Sam Boughton will kick-start children’s Spring spirit as she shares her tale of The Extraordinary Gardener. Creative kids will want to make a bee-line for Tony De Saulles’ illustration tips in his bee drawing workshop, sharing fascinating facts, as well as action-packed tales from his energetic book Bee Boy.

Sunday brings Horrible Science with Tony De Saulles who’ll pull out his pen to show youngsters just how to make drawings explode to life, not to mention look smelly. With raucous songs and interactive storytelling, Gareth P Jones brings high energy to share his Pet Defenders tales.

Catherine Barr will help youngsters learn all about the animals facing a struggle to survive as she reads from her Red Alert! book which highlights 15 endangered animals. Dressing up, games and songs will bring to life Tracey Corderoy’s lively Fairy Tale Pets.

Little ones will love to explore the Children’s Great Exhibition with hands on activities to keep them entertained including a family workshop to create a Great Exhibition sculpture and there will be lots to see in the children’s art competition.

The world of science will also be brought alive for families to explore as they uncover cutting edge Victorian technology with Cheltenham Science Group. Some of the most important and, at the time, technologically advanced ideas from the Great Exhibition are coming to RHS Malvern – families will be able to discover steam engines, hydraulic platforms, microscopy and looms.

This year’s festival theme of the Great Exhibition of 1851 gives children the chance to check out creative art exhibitions from talented youngsters. TheGreat Exhibition of Children’s Art, supported by Malvern Hills District Council, will be packed full of striking entries showing off what they love about Malvern. There’ll be everything from textiles, photography, sculpture, mosaics, collages, paintings and drawings to pottery, poems, jewellery and floral art.



There’s plenty for little ones to learn from a host of experts at this year’s festival.

  • Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s stand will show-off just how easy it is to go wild in the garden, a window box or even roadside verge by promising to Pledge a Patch. They’ll help families get started by planting a patch at the festival, making a bug hotel or pine-cone bird feeder, they’ll also dish out tips on how to design a mini-meadow. 
  • The Worcestershire Beekeepers will be on hand to show the inner workings of a hive, with live bees to see and local honey to buy.
  • Cultivating Learning and Nature Community Interest Group will whirl up young imaginations with spinning, weaving and hands-on wool activities to join in with.
  • Families can also have a go at willow weaving in the Eco, Green & Growing (EGG) area.

And last but not least, the much-loved Mr Alexander returns for his popular one-man traveling show. Families will love his unique and captivating blend of magic, juggling, unicycling, balance and illusion. 

Tickets are now on sale for RHS Malvern Spring Festival, which takes place from Thursday 10 May until Sunday 13 May. Free entry for children under the age of 16 is available throughout the festival. For more information on ticket prices, please call 0844 811 0050 (calls cost 7p per minute plus network extras) or visit

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